On the occasion of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the City of Los Angeles, as host cities for the Tokyo 2020 Games and LA28 Games, respectively, reconfirm that they will further develop the relationship between the two cities in a creative and practical manner.Cooperation and solidarity between cities are essential to achieve a green, just, and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, which aims to achieve a sustainable way of life for people while taking action to address climate change, and to build a society rich in diversity where each and every person can be themselves and lead an active and vibrant life.Based on this shared understanding, our two cities hereby renew the Memorandum of Understanding signed on July 25, 2018, and agree to collaborate and engage in exchanges in the following areas of mutual interest:(1) As host cities for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, sharing best practices and experience concerning an array of initiatives, both tangible and intangible, that will lead to an enduring legacy. (2) Accelerating an equitable response to the climate crisis to halve CO2 emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2050 under the recognition that now is the “Time to Act”. (3) Enhancing resilience, including resilience to natural disasters. (4) Promoting friendship between our Sister Ports and their mutual development, including exchanging views on green ports initiatives. (5) Promoting gender equity as co-founding cities of CHANGE*. * CHANGE: City Hub and Network for Gender EquityBoth cities designate the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs of the City of Los Angeles, and the International Affairs Division, Office of the Governor for Policy Planning, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, as the departments responsible for the steady promotion, exchange, and cooperation in these agreed areas.The two cities shall regularly hold discussions to further deepen their friendly and cooperative relationship, and may explore exchanges between staff members.This Memorandum has been made in duplicate in English and Japanese, both equally authentic. Both cities shall hold one copy of each text.August 27, 2021Eric Garcetti Mayor of Los AngelesKoike Yuriko Governor of TokyoAs a service to our readers, Around the Rings will provide verbatim texts of selected press releases issued by Olympic-related organizations, federations, businesses and sponsors.These press releases appear as sent to Around the Rings and are not edited for spelling, grammar or punctuation.
Panam Sports and government authorities in Colombia confirm that fans will be in the stands at Cali 2021 during the Chef de Mission Seminar currently underway in the “Sports Capital of America”.The world’s most important youth sporting event of the year will allow 50-percent capacity in each venue with those in attendance required to comply with a series of safety measures.CALI, COLOMBIA (August 25, 2021) — The Chef de Mission Seminar for the first Junior Pan American Games of Cali-Valle 2021 is successfully being held with representatives from more than 32 countries and others connecting virtually. The Organizing Committee has given a complete update regarding the progress made in terms of infrastructure, operations and logistics of the event, in addition to informing the participants about all of the security measures that have been planned to make these Games a safe celebration for all attendees.The best and perhaps most important outcome of the seminar is the confirmation that these Games will allow fans to attend the events in person. This marks a historical development making Cali 2021 the first multisport event in the world to allow fans in stadiums since the pandemic began more than 18 months ago.“We have decided together with the Colombian authorities to allow 50-percent capacity in the sports venues. However, those who enter must comply with a series of biosecurity measures such as vaccination certificates, mandatory use of face masks, social distancing and hand washing, among other things,” said Panam Sports President, Neven Ilic.“We are the Sports Capital of America and we are very proud to host the first Junior Pan American Games in history while also commemorating 50 years since the Cali 1971 Pan American Games. We love and resonate with sport and it is essential that we are going to be able to count on the support of the people. We will require a vaccination card to enter, but this will once again give athletes the true sense of sport and being encouraged by their families, friends and the general public. It will be a great sports festival, I have no doubt,” added the Governor of Valle del Cauca, Clara Luz Roldan.There are exactly 91 days to go until the cauldron is lit at the Pascual Guerrero Stadium in the city of Cali marking the beginning of the First Junior Pan American Games in history. More than 3,800 athletes from 41 countries will compete in 39 sports across 10 days of nonstop action.There are already several Tokyo 2020 Olympic medalists who have confirmed their participation in these Games, as well as U-23 World Champions in various disciplines.All of the action from these Games will be broadcast live and direct on the Panam Sports Channel beginning with the Opening Ceremony on November 25 and concluding when the curtain is lowered on the Games at the Closing Ceremony on December 5.ABOUT PANAM SPORTSThe Pan American Sports Organization (Panam Sports) is the leader of sport and the Olympic Movement in the Americas. We propel the development of sport and support our 41 member National Olympic Committees to inspire more participation in international competitions as well as participation of the youth to prepare the generation to come in our region.Panam Sports works closely with athletes, National Olympic Committees (NOC), Organizing Committees of all regional games, Pan American Sport Confederations, International Federations (IF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to secure the success and celebration of our main event, the Pan American Games.For the latest news and updates about Panam Sports, visit our website www.panamsports.org. Follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube @PanamSportsFor more information, please contact:Alejandro Goycoolea | Communications Director | [email protected]+56 994 081 884Kevin Nutley | Communications Manager | [email protected]+1 678 262 6612As a service to our readers, Around the Rings will provide verbatim texts of selected press releases issued by Olympic-related organizations, federations, businesses and sponsors.These press releases appear as sent to Around the Rings and are not edited for spelling, grammar or punctuation.
· More broadcasters, increased coverage levels and more live sport sees an estimated cumulative TV audience of 4.25 billion people watch the Games· Japan’s NHK sets record for coverage by a host broadcaster – 540 hours plannedThe Tokyo 2020 Paralympics are set to break all viewing records with an estimated cumulative global TV audience of 4.25 billion people likely to watch the Games.The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) believes the combination of more broadcasters, increased levels of coverage and more live sport than any previous Games, makes it highly likely Tokyo 2020 will surpass the 4.1 billion cumulative viewers who enjoyed the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.In total, the Games will be covered by more than 150 television, radio and online outlets in a record 177 territories. Thanks to increased investment from broadcasters, live coverage from 21 disciplines across 19 sports – more than ever before – will be available to broadcasters by Olympic Broadcasting Services. As a result, many broadcasters are planning to show more hours of coverage.Alexis Schaefer, the IPC’s Commercial, Partnerships and Broadcasting Director, said: “With more live sport available to broadcasters than ever before, I am confident we will break all viewing records for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.“The role of broadcasters in screening the Games has never been more important given there are no international spectators and limited domestic crowds. But the increase in the number of broadcasters and their levels of coverage is testament to the appeal of the Paralympic Games and the elite sporting performances of Para athletes.“We have also seen with the launch of WeThe15 this week how important the Paralympic Games are in the global conversation on persons with disabilities. In addition to delivering exciting and entertaining world-class sporting action from Tokyo, broadcasters are also telling the stories of Paralympians to inspire the next generation, challenge biases and stereotypes. We are extremely grateful to all rightsholders for helping to share the outstanding performances and powerful narratives with billions of viewers around the world.”Japan leads the way – record coverage from the host broadcasterIn terms of Games-time coverage, NHK, Japan’s long standing Paralympic broadcaster, is leading the way with more than 540 hours of coverage planned. This is more than any previous host nation broadcaster and exceeds the 500 hours of coverage Channel 4 produced of London 2012.In the USA, host nation of the LA28 Paralympics, NBC will be showing more than 1,200 hours of Games coverage across all platforms, as will Channel Seven in Australia and CBC in Canada.British broadcaster Channel 4, who have followed up their award-winning campaigns for London 2012 and Rio 2016 with another epic promotional film for Tokyo 2020, will show more than 300 hours on traditional TV and make all 1,200 hours available across digital platforms. In addition, 70 per cent of its on-screen presenters are persons with a disability.New broadcast partners and initiatives in Africa, Asia, Latin America and MENAThe growing interest and participation in the Paralympic Games is evident across continents as more major broadcasters come on board to bring coverage of the Games and showcase homegrown athletes.In Africa, comprehensive Games coverage is led by Pay TV broadcaster SuperSport in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, and public broadcaster South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in South Africa. For the first time in history, the Games will also be widely shown on free-to-air TV channels in 49 territories in Sub-Saharan Africa reaching more than 250 million people, thanks to Para Sport Against Stigma, a partnership between the IPC, Loughborough University, and the University of Malawi, Chancellor College, which aims to support social change and overcome stigma and discrimination against persons with disabilities in Africa.In Asia, with the support of Reddentes Sports, IPC’s Official Media Rights Partner in Asia, the Paralympic Games have brought on new broadcast partners in Asia and will be entering new territories.The Hong Kong Government secured coverage rights for six broadcasters: RTHK, TVB, ViuTV and Hong Kong Open TV, as well as Pay TV channels Hong Kong Cable Television and NowTV, guaranteeing that the Games will be available across all platforms.Indonesian media group Emtek is bringing 125 hours of live competition coverage on top of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and daily highlights coverage to Indonesia via free-to-air, Pay TV, and OTT broadcasters O Channel, IEG’s Champions 1/2/3 and Vidio.In Malaysia, satellite and IPTV broadcaster Astro will be partnering with public broadcaster Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) to provide daily coverage of the Games.In another first, Taiwanese broadcasters ELTA TV, Public Television Service (PTS), Eastern Broadcasting Company (EBC) have joined forces to bring the Paralympic Games to Taiwan viewers for the very first time.In Philippines, free-to-air broadcaster TV5 and Pay TV sports network Tap TV have committed to broadcast the Opening and Closing ceremonies, as well as daily highlights.IPC also partnered with IPC member, Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) which went on to grant broadcasting rights to Pay TV Eurosport India and public broadcaster Doordarshan show live action, delayed broadcasts and highlights from events which feature Indian athletes and teams.In Middle East and North Africa, pan-region broadcaster beIN Sports will be bringing daily highlights of the Games to 25 territories in the region.In Latin America, Argentinian free-to-air broadcasters TV Pública and DeporTV will be providing a wide-ranging coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, with live, delayed and highlights coverage, and special features across their linear, online and social media platforms.In Brazil, TV major Globo’s free-to-air and Pay TV coverage is complemented by public broadcaster TV Brasil (EBC) which will be covering the Paralympic Games in partnership with the Brazilian Paralympic Committee, forming a dedicated team of journalists who will be reporting from Tokyo, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, to provide round-the-clock news updates of the performance of Brazilian Para athletes to their audience via Brazilian news and media outlets including National TV and radio, complementing the live or delayed competitions and daily highlights coverage.In Chile, public service broadcaster Televisión Nacional de Chile (TVN) will be presenting the Paralympic Games on National TV in Chile for the first time, committing to use the reach of their broadcast platforms to change people’s perceptions of persons with different abilities. Santiago will host the 2023 Parapan American Games.In Mexico, another new broadcast partnership is found in Univision’s Spanish-language sports channel TUDN, which will bring hours of live and highlights coverage to the Mexican market.The list of worldwide broadcast partners of the Paralympic Games can be found here https://www.paralympic.org/tokyo-2020/broadcastThe Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will take place between 24 August and 5 September.-ends-About the International Paralympic CommitteeThe International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. It co-ordinates the organisation of the Paralympic Games and the Paralympic Winter Games. The IPC’s vision is to make for an inclusive world though Para sport.For further information, please contact Philip Dorward, IPC Head of Communications on e-mail: [email protected] Alternatively please visit: www.paralympic.orgAs a service to our readers, Around the Rings will provide verbatim texts of selected press releases issued by Olympic-related organizations, federations, businesses and sponsors.These press releases appear as sent to Around the Rings and are not edited for spelling, grammar or punctuation.